In a complete turn around from Doug Pederson’s press conference, the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly parting ways with both OC Mike Groh and WR coach Carson Walch, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Eagles expected to part ways today with OC Mike Groh and WR Carson Walch, league sources tell @mortreport and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2020
The announcement sent shockwaves into the newswires this afternoon and is absolute 180-degree turn from the team’s statement yesterday. Doug Pederson asserted, “both of those guys will be back” in Wednesday’s press conference.
The Eagles released a statement this afternoon confirming the duo’s firing, and clarify Doug’s comments about Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz and to highlight why the decision to part ways with Groh and Walch was essential.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 9, 2020
In 2019, the Eagles were 12th in ppg (24.1) and 14th in ypg (360.8). Groh and the Eagles offense fell under criticism by the fan base for predictability, lack of innovation, and scheme. The underperformance of the WR core has been an issue for the Eagles for several seasons. Walch’s departure marks the fifth year in a row the Eagles will have a new WRs coach (Bob Bicknell, Greg Lewis, Groh, Gunter Brewer, and Walch).
Jeff McLane stated that Jeffrey Lurie might’ve pushed this decision.
While Pederson might have already decided upon Groh’s and Walch’s fates, he had yet to meet with owner Jeffery Lurie for his year-end evaluation. He did so Thursday. Lurie might have influenced Pederson’s decisions. The owner had pretty much come to the conclusion in December, an NFL source said, that Groh and Walch should not return in 2020.